We are seeking your support in identifying families that would benefit from participating in Generation Health. 

Introducing a family-based. ‘made in BC’ childhood healthy weights early intervention program. 

Healthy weights in children and youth continue to be a priority in BC. The Province has provided funding to the Childhood Obesity Foundation to develp a prototype ‘made in BC’ early intervention program.

Generation Health is a FREE, fun, interactive program for families whose children are between the ages of 8 – 12 and are above the 85th percentile BMI-for-age. The program uses a lifestyle behaviour approach for promoting healthy weights in children and youth.

To learn more about the program click here.

Evaluation

The Generation Health early intervention program was developed using an evidence-based approach and underwent a process and outcome evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the reach and efficacy of the program, as well as to gain an understanding of the issues involved in implementing and sustaining program delivery across British Columbia. Child healthy growth check measures (BMI for age), questionnaires, and a child physical literacy measure were completed pre and post program.

Childrens Questionnaire

include measures of:
  • Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Habits
  • Healthy Eating Habits
  • Mental Well-being
  • Sleep Habits

Parent Questionnaire

include measures of:
  • Family Physical Activity behaviours
  • Family Healthy Eating Habits
  • Child Mental Well-being
  • Child Sleep Habits
  • Parent Confidence with Healthy Habits

A summary of the program evaluation is available by clicking here.

Other Support

Looking for more information on childhood healthy weights and the supports available for BC families?

Other childhood weights programs available to BC families include Shapedown BC and the HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids. Generation Health has been informed by and aligned with these existing childhood healthy weights programs; early intervention is one of the six elements in the BC Continuum for the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Health Issues Related to Overweight and Obesity in Children and Youth.

Shapedown BC

Shapedown BC provides a free, multidisciplinary, healthy lifestyles approach for families with children/teens ages 6 – 17 years old who have weight management issues (Body Mass Index greater than the 97th percentile or between the 85th and 97th percentile if comorbidities are present). Physician referral required.

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HealthLink BC

HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids is a telephone based program designed to support BC children, teens and their families reach a healthy weight and improve their overall health and quality of life. Families work with a pediatric dietitian and a qualified exercise professional. The program is available to BC residents between the ages of 0 – 18 and their families.

  • Child Sleep Habits
  • Parent Confidence with Healthy Habits

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